Maple Leafs vs Sharks Prediction - NHL Picks 1/6/24

San Jose Sharks (9-27-3) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (19-10-7)

Game Info: Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +250 / Toronto Maple Leafs -323 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after splitting their last 6 games. The San Jose Sharks are riding a 10-game losing streak. Let’s preview this game and give out a Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks prediction.

Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off wins over the Kings and Ducks. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.47 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 30 goals, William Nylander has 32 assists and John Tavares has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.28 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 52 goals on 377 shots faced, while Joseph Woll has given up 41 goals on 490 shots.

Toronto Maple Leafs Player Prop Facts

  • Auston Matthews has scored at least one goal in 10 of his 11 previous appearances against the Sharks.
  • John Tavares has recorded at least one point in each of the Maple Leafs' last eight Saturday games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • William Nylander has recorded at least one assist in each of the Maple Leafs' last 10 games as favorites.
  • Auston Matthews ranks 1st in the league for Goals (30) this season.

San Jose Sharks Betting Preview

The San Jose Sharks are coming off losses to the Avalanche, Red Wings and Jets. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.03 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Hertl leads San Jose with 13 goals, Mikael Granlund has 21 assists and Fabian Zetterlund has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 4.03 goals per game and are killing 72.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 58 goals on 580 shots faced, while Mackenzie Blackwood has given up 83 goals on 762 shots.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Tomas Hertl has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances in day games at SAP Center at San Jose.
  • Logan Couture has recorded an assist in four of the Sharks' last five games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Jan Rutta has scored two career goals against the Maple Leafs - equal-most against any opponent (including playoffs)

Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks prediction

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the better team, and they've also played their best on the road, where they're 10-3-5 this season. The San Jose Sharks are back to looking like they don't belong in the NHL as they've poor at both ends of the ice, and they've scored 1 or fewer goals in 4 of their last 5 games. The only way to go here is to side with the Maple Leafs, and I'll lay the PL to shave down the price.

Randy’s Pick Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5

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